Our show this week is devoted to making sure everyone is aware and ready for the Super Tuesday presidential primaries and/or caucuses to be held on March 1st. Although much media attention is being paid to the competition among the candidates, again, the media and public have missed the huge stories of voter suppression measures enacted by the states. Notably, Wisconsin and West Virginia passed last minute voter restrictions last week. In addition, in a sneaky and unauthorized move, the executive director of the Election Assistance Commission sent a letter permitting voter suppression measures by the states of Kansas, Arizona and Georgia.
Besides, the considerable voting rights expertise of radio host, Barbara Arnwine, special guests are all well versed in voting rights and operate programs to assist and protect voters. Guests include Kathleen Unger, CEO of VoteRiders which is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting voters in acquiring voter photo identification in the states where this is a requirement. Other guests will be announced prior to the show.
Even if you don’t live in a Super Tuesday state, family members and friends probably do and they need to know the information that this show will cover to make sure that they can cast a regular ballot and have it counted. Yes, many people will go to the polls and will be given a provisional ballot and an “I voted sticker” but that ballot may not be counted. This show will help prevent that happening to you or those you know!
Prior to Super Tuesday, please note, Saturday, February 27th, the Democratic primary will be held in South Carolina.
Super Tuesday, March 1st, is when 12 states will hold primaries for presidential candidates for the Republican and/or Democratic parties. These states include for both Democrats and Republicans: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Additional states include: Republican only, Tennessee and Alaska; and Democrats only, American Samoa. Early voting has already been underway in many of these states.
March 1st is the largest primary day. For the Republicans 595 delegates will be at stake representing 24% of all delegates for the nomination. For the Democrats, 1,004, delegates will be at stake representing 21% of all delegates for the nomination.
We will discuss how voters can verify that they are registered to vote, ensure that they are at the correct voting site and have the necessary documents to vote on March 1st. Also, we will focus on how voters can obtain the voter photo identification in the states which require this in order to cast a regular ballot. And, we will provide resources, including hotline assistance, for voters to contact should they have problems, including at the polls, before voting a provisional ballot which may or may not be counted!
As voters in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will encounter new voter suppression measures in 2016, we will explore these restrictions and what voters can do now to protect their right to vote.
Be sure to listen live on this Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:00 p.m. EST.